My name is Patricia England and I’m an administrative assistant for the Process Technology Program at College of the Mainland. I will be one of the platform speakers at the Oceans of Opportunity Job Fair, speaking at 9:45 a.m. March 19 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

Process technology is one of the highest-paying two-year degrees in Texas, according to a recent survey by College Measures. A February 2014 report by the magazine Community College Week ranked COM fourth in the nation in 2012 for number of degrees awarded in the science technologies and technicians category. We prepare our students to serve as leaders in industry.

Our graduates will be able to operate chemical plants, waste water treatment plants and so much more.

Because of the large number of baby boomers retiring, our students are in high demand. We have several internships in progress and more coming this summer. A few of our internships in process technology are at LyondellBissell, Dow, Praxair and INEOS.

The COM process technology program has one of the highest job placement rates in the state — nearly 89 percent in 2011-12.

As well as internships, COM students gain hands-on experience. Our capstone course requires 40 hours of continuous operation on the 10-foot glycol separation unit on the College of the Mainland campus. The students take shifts, learning to work with others while gaining a real-world sense of their career choice.

Some of our students have been hired with a base salary of $73,000 their first year out of school. With overtime, they can earn more than $100,000 a year.

We have a very active PTEC Club that offers several training sessions that will prepare students for the rigors of industry including but not limited to mock interviews with industry, women’s forums on working in industry and tours in the plants.

We offer classes in the morning, midday and evening. We have a strong, rigorous program with all of our professors having 20-plus years of experience in the field. That’s just part of what makes our program unique.

College of the Mainland works to reflect the needs of our community and nation. Our past students have withstood the rigors and tests of the job and excelled in their chosen professions. Our commitment to offering cutting-edge technology and advancement in the field will ensure our graduates continue to be outstanding in the field of Process Technology.

Patricia England is an administrative assistant of the College of the Mainland Process Technology Program.

Patricia England is an administrative assistant of the College of the Mainland Process Technology Program.

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